The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-23T01:35:43Z River will stop flowing unless action taken 2021-06-23T01:35:43Z river-will-stop-flowing-unless-action-taken A new locally made film which highlights the plight of the Moorabool River raises the need for new sources of water to meet population growth in Geelong and Ballarat.  About 90 percent of the Moorabool’s “natural flow” is now taken for human use and unless major steps are taken to restore the river’s health it will stop flowing altogether. Those steps might include reuse, recycling or desalination of water says Bannockburn’s Cameron Steele of the community group People for a Living Moorabool (PALM). PALM made the film “The Moorabool River” with Sheoaks Films of Torquay. Melbourne University water law specialist, Erin O’Donnell says the film is “compelling, powerful and utterly beautiful and information rich…..it really deserves to be seen by a wide audience”, given its release ahead of the Victorian Government’s review of the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy. The Moorabool River is located in that region.    Mr Steele says that the Moorabool River and its wildlife are in dire circumstances because so much of the catchment’s water is removed from the river or not allowed to get into the river. The film explores the consequences of this dramatic demand for the catchment’s water, especially in the face of climate change. Interviewees call for alternative water supplies for Geelong and Ballarat to reduce the pressure on the Moorabool so more water can flow down the river. The film features local landowners, scientists, and healthy river advocates, as well as spectacular and wide-ranging views of the Moorabool river valley and catchment. “We hope when people have seen the film that they will lobby their politicians to take action to ensure the Moorabool can be restored to good health,” Mr Steele says. The film will be screened on Saturday 3 July from 7pm at the Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus.  Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with some of the people that appear in the film. Tickets are available from Eventbrite at Eventbrite.com.au The film will also be screened at Bannockburn and Ballan. Ends Partnership to introduce Electric Vehicles to Geelong region 2021-06-15T00:46:58Z partnership-to-introduce-electric-vehicles-to-geelong-region GEELONG TO GET ON THE ROAD WITH AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLES Community group Geelong Sustainability (GS) has joined forces with The Good Car Company in a project to introduce affordable electric vehicles (EV) to the region. The GS Electric Vehicle Community Bulk Buy project, with The Good Car Company, will give people the chance to try before they buy in a series of events beginning later this month. A formal launch, followed by a Show and Shine event will be capped off by letting interested motorists take a test drive. GS president Vicki Perrett said “The Bulk Buy project will enable people to get into a low mileage electric vehicle at an affordable entry price”. “The Good Car Company is partnering with us because of the enormous pent-up demand we see for EVs.  A lack of understanding about them and their price and capabilities have been a barrier to uptake. The Good Car Company has delivered almost 200 vehicles through similar bulk buy projects elsewhere in Victoria, in the ACT and in Tasmania. “Now it’s our turn to set an example in reducing emissions/pollution in an effort to decarbonise transport” Ms Perrett said.    A launch forum, which will be held at The Gordon TAFE and also online, will answer a broad range of questions to dispel myths and barriers including information about costs, warranties, servicing, battery life and “range anxiety” said Anthony Broese van Groenou, a co-founder and director of the Good Car Company. “Good Car Company vehicles are significantly more affordable than any entry level new EV. As low mileage second hand electric vehicles, we ensure that they are thoroughly checked and battery tested, provide a warranty and return policy for peace of mind” he said.  It is important that people find the right EV for their needs. Each household should consider its own transport needs and budget and the Good Car Company provides educational videos to help in that process. “Once people have had their questions answered they can get behind the wheel of an electric car such as the Nissan Leaf at the Show and Shine at Geelong Showgrounds early next month,” Mr Broese van Groenou said. For further information and to sign up to attend the video launch forum, the Show and Shine and to book a test drive visit https://www.goodcar.co/geelong Ends About Geelong Sustainability Geelong Sustainability is a dynamic and passionate community group focused on sharing information, building community resilience, advocating for the environment and supporting effective action for a low carbon future. For more information visit www.geelongsustainability.org.au   Geelong Community Group calls on Government to reject gas terminals 2021-03-30T08:51:10Z geelong-community-group-calls-on-government-to-reject-gas-terminals Community group Geelong Sustainability (GS) says the Victorian Government’s rejection of a floating gas terminal in Westernport on environmental grounds shows why proposals for similar terminals in and near Corio Bay should also be rejected. Spokesperson Sally Fisher says “Not only do these proposals point to how damaging such terminals can be to Corio Bay and the nearby Ramsar Wetlands off Avalon but the demand for gas is falling and may virtually disappear because it can’t compete with renewables or green hydrogen.” “The State Government’s decision is a clear pointer to how damaging these terminals can be and we are very concerned for Corio Bay,” she said. A summary of the Government’s report says that marine discharges from the proposed floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) will result in ongoing stress to the environment over the 20 year life of the project. The report says the adverse direct and indirect effects of that discharge on environmental values, fundamental to the Ramsar status of Western Port are not compatible with the level of protection required in a wetland of recognised international significance. The two terminals proposed in Geelong are also close to, or situated within, Ramsar sites at Point Wilson/Limeburner's Bay and the shoreline of Avalon. Meanwhile the Australian Energy Market Operator, in its annual gas statement of opportunities, says future demand for gas does not list a single situation where gas demand increases over the next 20 years. “Rather the report says it is more likely that small and large consumers will choose electric options powered by renewables, rather than gas,” Ms Fisher said. About Geelong Sustainability Geelong Sustainability is a dynamic and passionate community group focused on sharing information, building community resilience, advocating for the environment and supporting effective action for a low carbon future. For more information visit www.geelongsustainability.org.au DEAKIN RESEARCH PAPER MAPS OUT GEELONG’S FUTURE 2021-03-11T03:47:18Z deakin-research-paper-maps-out-geelong-s-future What Geelong must do to ensure the best possible recovery after COVID-19 is the subject of a briefing being held at the end of this month by community group, Geelong Sustainability. Resilient Geelong: What, Why, How will explore the findings of a research paper prepared by Deakin University for the Committee for Geelong. By taking action about climate through the use of renewable energy the city and region can look forward to the creation of almost three times as many jobs as a fossil fuel-led recovery, enhancing economic recovery and social equity. The Resilient Geelong report outlines how the city can address the long lasting social, economic and emotional effects caused by the pandemic. Jennifer Cromarty, CEO of the Committee for Geelong said “Deakin’s research highlights the need for a different approach to education and training so Geelong can capitalise on the industries and jobs being created by new technology.  The research also paints a very positive picture of what it will be like to live in a more connected and sustainable city.” Among the changes outlined in the report are “live locally” principles that will lead to more sustainable environments with employment, education, health, recreation and other services located within easy reach of where people live. Details of the briefing: Date: Wed March 31, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start. Finish 7.30pm Where: Beav’s Bar 77 Little Malop Street Geelong Cost: $5. $3 Geelong Sustainability members. Finger food provided. Drinks at bar prices To attend, book at: https://www.geelongsustainability.org.au/product/march-green-drinks-2/ About the Committee for Geelong Established in 2001, the Committee for Geelong provides strategic leadership, advocacy and influence to leverage the economic and social prosperity of the city-region.  An independent, non-partisan, membership based organisation, it works collaboratively with an authoritative group of stakeholders and influencers to design Geelong’s best future. About Geelong Sustainability Established in 2007, Geelong Sustainability is a dynamic and passionate community group focused on sharing information, building community resilience, advocating for the environment and supporting effective action for a low carbon future.  For more information visit www.geelongsustainability.org.au Geelong citizens against floating gas terminal 2021-02-25T00:45:01Z geelong-citizens-against-floating-gas-terminal The community group Geelong Sustainability has called on Geelong residents to petition the state planning minister Richard Wynne to reject the gas import terminal proposed by Viva Energy for Corio Bay. Viva’s proposal was the subject of a community briefing last night which was attended by more than 100 people. Event organiser Sally Fisher said the number of people who attended the briefing “exceeded our expectations and indicates significant community concern about the gas import terminal.”  The briefing covered what this proposal might mean for Geelong and Victoria’s energy, business, economic, recreation, environment and climate future. Given the implications of the proposal, a key aspect of the briefing was an outline of the Environmental Effects Statement process, how it runs and opportunities to participate in this. Ms Fisher said “Viva’s proposal takes our community in the wrong direction. Fossil fuels like gas and coal are on the way out. Viva should focus on 100 percent clean energy instead. “Viva says it supports the transition to cleaner sources of power but so far the only detailed proposal is to import gas, a dirty, polluting fuel that can be as damaging to our climate as coal.” “Geelong can be a renewable energy hub. We have the infrastructure, skilled workforce, and proud manufacturing heritage to position our city as the place for a rapidly growing clean energy industry, especially given our proximity to the big battery planned for Moorabool. The petition to the Minister can be found here https://www.geelongsustainability.org.au/grng/ About Geelong Sustainability Geelong Sustainability is a dynamic and passionate community group focused on sharing information, building community resilience, advocating for the environment and supporting effective action for a low carbon future. For more information visit www.geelongsustainability.org.au Community group to brief Geelong on floating gas terminal 2021-02-15T03:21:21Z community-group-to-brief-geelong-on-floating-gas-terminal Geelong Sustainability will host a community briefing next week on Viva Energy’s proposal to build a gas import terminal at its pier in Corio Bay. The briefing will cover what this proposal means for Geelong and Victoria’s energy, business, economic, recreation, environment and climate future. Given the implications of the proposal, a key aspect of the briefing will be an outline of the Environmental Effects Statement process, how it runs and opportunities to participate in this. Event organiser Sally Fisher said “we will be outlining ways that people can help to build community support towards a sustainable energy future for Geelong. People must be well informed about the EES process and the potential impacts of the Viva proposal.” Details of the briefing: Date: Wed Feb 24, 6.15 for 6.30pm start. Finish 8.30pm Where: Geelong West Town Hall, 153 Pakington St, Geelong West Cost: $3 includes light snacks. Drinks will be available for purchase, cash only. To book to attend the briefing go to https://www.geelongsustainability.org.au/product/cad-feb-21/ Note: If it’s not possible to hold a physical event due to COVID-19 restrictions the event will be held on Zoom. About Geelong Sustainability Geelong Sustainability is a dynamic and passionate community group focused on sharing information, building community resilience, advocating for the environment and supporting effective action for a low carbon future. For more information visit www.geelongsustainability.org.au ICT Geelong relaunched with new skills and advocacy charter for the region 2018-10-02T23:52:36Z ict-geelong-relaunched-with-new-skills-and-advocacy-charter-for-the-region Industry group ICT Geelong has been relaunched following a series of meetings of the region’s tech community, despite the end of the State Government’s Skilling the Bay funding program. ICT Geelong chairman Jason Steinwedel said “feedback from a very successful series of meetups and allied events has helped redefine our charter.” Those events were convened by Stephanie Beitzel whose contract as CEO finished with the end of the funding program. “Much of what we see as our new charter emerged from the work undertaken by Stephanie Beitzel in convening events and in engaging with individual technical professionals. We are indebted to her for this feedback and contribution to our future,” Mr Steinwedel said. “This feedback, combined with the industrial and commercial growth in the Geelong region in the past two to three years, has redefined what ICT Geelong must do to become recognised as the region’s peak body for information and communications technology.” ICT Geelong estimates the region will need to fill more than 750 IT positions over the next five years, an increase of about 10 percent annually over the current IT staff numbers. Until now ICT Geelong has been focused on meeting State Government funding requirements for the delivery of innovation with a startup culture in mind. “We are now committed to a change in direction to identify shortages in ICT skills in the region and to develop those skills,”Mr Steinwedel explains. “Additionally we are expanding our role to industry and commerce by identifying opportunities and assisting in the implementation of information technologies for economic growth. This will see ICT Geelong becoming a forum for the region’s CIOs representing commerce, manufacturing, education, health and local government.” Ends      YARRA RANGES FINDS THE IDEAL WAY TO SEARCH HUGE EMAIL ARCHIVE 2017-11-21T01:01:03Z yarra-ranges-finds-the-ideal-way-to-search-huge-email-archive Yarra Ranges Council is the first local government authority in Victoria to embrace a total turnkey solution for its search requirements, having engaged IT services and solutions company iPLATINUM to supply its iFerret solution on specially configured hardware. The turnkey solution combines a hardware and software configuration ensuring iFerret can achieve optimal performance levels while searching the Council’s huge email archive and other systems. Yarra Ranges has a policy of retaining all emails so once it had decided that iFerret was its preferred solution, it faced a dilemma. Did it deploy staff to configure a virtual machine to the exacting specifications needed to optimise iFerret and thereby take them away from high priority council tasks?  Well respected among Victorian councils for its information technology expertise Yarra Ranges said “no,” choosing instead to have iPLATINUM provide a machine, and thereby joining a growing number of councils embracing a total turnkey solution. Yarra Ranges’ enterprise systems business analyst, Michelle Harris explains “we had an overwhelming need to find information for FOI requests, our email archive was very large and information was stored in various locations in network drives, rather than the corporate document management system. “Each system we use - ECM, Pathway and Email Archive - has its own searching capabilities but we were after a single means of searching and collecting documentation and data in the one place,” she said. This approach means that nothing can fall through the gaps when performing searches for FOI information requests, insurance discovery, governance, compliance or customer service. “Feedback from users has been very positive,” Ms Harris said. “They love it. Our FOI discovery process has reduced previous search times by at least 50 percent.” The turnkey solution, including hardware and software, has not only exceeded Yarra Ranges search performance needs but makes the implementation and ongoing upkeep of the solution seamless from the Council’s perspective. The Victorian authority joins Stonnington in Victoria and NSW councils at Gosford, Hornsby, Bega Valley, Coffs Harbour and Georges River in embracing a total solution strategy.     About iPLATINUM iPLATINUM is an IT services and solutions provider focusing on specialist consulting, executive information, eBusiness and enterprise integration. The design, development and deployment of iFerret draw on iPLATINUM’s lengthy history of delivering innovative information solutions to Australian local government authorities. The company was formed in 2001. To find out more please visit www.iplatinum.com.au, GEELONG IT INVENTION TEST WINNERS FOCUS ON MEDICAL APPLICATIONS 2015-10-29T23:17:33Z geelong-it-invention-test-winners-focus-on-medical-applications-1 Please note this news release replaces that issued yesterday at 7.10pm 28 October AEST. The earlier release contained incorrect information. GEELONG IT INVENTION TEST WINNERS FOCUS ON MEDICAL APPLICATIONS The overall winner of the IT Invention Test conducted by ICT Geelong is Alberto Rizzoli whose company Aipoly is behind the development of an application which uses artificial intelligence to identify and narrate the viewpoint of a smartphone’s camera so that the blind can navigate independently. Aipoly, based in Melbourne, is understood to be the first company in the world to fully automate smartphone real-time all-object identification. Mr Rizzoli was presented with a $10,000 cash award and other prizes by ICT Geelong chairman, Nick Stanley, at yesterday’s Pivot Summit in Geelong. The winning application developed in Geelong is CNSDose, a cloud based medication guidance system to enable doctors and patients to reduce trial and error in the prescribing of anti-depressants.  It was developed by Dr Ajeet Singh who was awarded $5000 cash among a number of other prizes. The best seed entry, which is in the early stages of commercialisation, is Eye-Track-Me, developed by Sven Krome.  This is a customer relationship tool for eye surgery centres to keep potential customers informed by providing free and easy to use vision tests. Sponsors of the IT Invention Test include the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Angels Investment Network and StartupCloud. About ICT Geelong ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ Geelong invention test offers $50,000 in prizes for IT entrepreneurs 2015-09-25T01:03:10Z geelong-invention-test-offers-50-000-in-prizes-for-it-entrepreneurs 'An investment pitching competition hosted by ICT Geelong is once again offering a total of $50,000 in prizes to talented IT entrepreneurs.   One of the attractions to this year’s competition will be an exclusive invitation for the top 10 submissions to attend an innovation masterclass facilitated by innovation experts and free tickets to a high impact forum and Innovation Masterclass to be held mid next year in Geelong.  Also, the top three submissions will have the opportunity to pitch to the Geelong Angels Investors Network.  "There is a growing appetite for entrepreneurship and innovation in the knowledge economy in Geelong. This is reinforced by the establishment of the Geelong Angel Investment Network, the HeadStart Accelerator and the potential development of co-working spaces,” says Mr Aamir Qutub, general manager of ICT Geelong.  iHorizon, a cloud-based enterprise planning and forecasting solution for big business, won the IT Invention Test in 2014.  Mr Qutub said, like all past winners iHorizonexemplified the “importance of providing a complete commercialisation pathway in Geelong for IT ventures with high potential – from pitching education to world-class entrepreneurship education, physical space and access to mentors and capital. These elements are certainly coming together in Geelong.”  Prizes in this year’s competition include; $10,000 cash for the best overall pitch 2 Free tickets to Pivot Digital Summit 2015 (http://pivotsummit.com.au/ )(28th Oct) Exclusive invitation to Pivot VIP dinner Free ticket to Innovation Masterclass to be held on 29th October Free tickets to 2 High Impact Forums and 2 Innovation Masterclass in 2016 One year free ICT Geelong Membership The best pitch from the Geelong region will also receive; $5,000 cash prize 2 Free tickets to Pivot Digital Summit 2015 (http://pivotsummit.com.au/ ) Exclusive invitation to Pivot VIP dinner Free Invitation to Innovation Masterclass 29th October One year free ICT Geelong Membership  Free tickets to 2 High Impact Forums and 2 Innovation Masterclass in 2016 Exclusive Opportunity to pitch to Geelong Angels Investment Network The closing date for submissions to this year’s IT invention test is 2 October. Winners will be announced October 24.  For further information visit http://itinventiontest.com.au/content.php?content_id=24  About ICT Geelong  ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ HOW GEELONG ICT COMPANIES CAN GET TO SILICON VALLEY 2015-08-27T04:48:01Z how-geelong-ict-companies-can-get-to-silicon-valley Serial entrepreneur Steven Salsberg will give Geelong ICT companies an insight into the challenges and issues of entering the US market in a free 2 hour seminar to be held at Deakin University next Friday 4 September. Hosted by ICT Geelong , the seminar will cover how and when to enter the US market, including topics such as accessing US capital, working with channel partners, value-added resellers and integrators and how to team with local ICT companies to tackle national and global markets. ICT Geelong is also providing three financial members with the opportunity for a free one-on-one consultation session with Mr Salsberg after the seminar. Steven Salsberg draws on more than 20 years of experience in financial and capital markets and cross border market entry during which he developed and sold two technology companies. He has also helped a number of clients to enter the US market and achieve their financial objectives. The seminar runs from 8.30am to 10.30am at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. About ICT Geelong ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ Digital entrepreneur to head Geelong IT advocacy group 2015-01-06T03:38:45Z digital-entrepreneur-to-head-geelong-it-advocacy-group ICT Geelong (the Geelong Region ICT Cluster) has appointed digital entrepreneur Mr.  Aamir Qutub, as its new general manager. He takes over from Craig Hill who has led the Cluster since its establishment in 2009. Announcing the appointment, the chairman of ICT Geelong and CEO of Sky Software, Nick Stanley, said “there are many exciting opportunities and challenges ahead for ICT Geelong and the local IT industry. “Aamir has been a very active member of our IT community over the past 18 months and will prove a valued leader in this role.” Mr. Qutub founded digital consultancy, Enterprise Monkey and has also established the Geelong Entrepreneurs Club to promote technology entrepreneurship in the region. He has led a digital hub plan facilitated through the City of Greater Geelong and been involved in the development of other projects including a regional IT R&D and commercialisation plan with ICT Geelong.  “I have a real passion for Geelong region and for the opportunity of playing a key leadership role in growing an innovative IT industry. I look forward to working with the local industry players and helping to realise new opportunities,” he said. About ICT Geelong ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ Not for profit and business collaborate to target improvements in delivering human services 2014-11-04T04:59:33Z not-for-profit-and-business-collaborate-to-target-improvements-in-delivering-human-services Business solutions company FlowConnect Pty Ltd has launched a consulting division to help non-government organisations (NGOs) and other service providers to transition to new business models required under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Consumer Directed Care.  In an innovative collaboration with not-for-profit organisation Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT), the new business arm called FlowConnect Consulting will provide services enabling NGOs to manage the changes required by these new Federal Government initiatives. Underpinning these consulting services is access to information systems specifically directed at the delivery of human care.  Heading the consulting business as national consulting services manager is Mr Danny Sutton.  FlowConnect’s chief executive officer Colin Hoschke said “FlowConnect Consulting will capitalise on Mr Sutton’s private sector experience and his recent not-for-profit expertise as the chief executive of Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT) to help NGOs address the issues they are confronting in a fast changing market.”  Mr Sutton said “at RFT we found transitioning to the NDIS affected every part of our organisation. We had to confront a broad range of challenges, such as the additional cash flow required under a payment-in-arrears model, how we would market our services directly to consumers and how our staff recorded their time.  “If we took too narrow a view of change, there would always be risks that could not be managed or controlled effectively. So, we focused on driving outcomes for our consumers and transforming our organisation to make it happen. This has been a two year journey so far.  “As the arrival of NDIS looms many NGOs are finding they need additional experience to address a range of issues. At a high level those issues include evaluations of organisational preparedness and the development of strategic NDIS market entry plans,” Mr Sutton said.  Under the partnership, Richmond Fellowship Tasmania and FlowConnect will share resources and experience to develop and implement transformational best practices in the areas such as outcomes based management, business process design and organisational alignment, activity based funding, workforce optimisation, client-centred planning and service delivery and the use of mobile solutions for remote workers.  The new consulting business will also market its services to other organisations in the welfare, health, housing and mental health sectors which will look for implementation support for the required business transformation initiatives and the change management which accompanies such processes. Other clients will need complex business process management solutions or will be case management oriented businesses.  Operating from the C3 centre in South Hobart, FlowConnect Consulting will provide services nationally and internationally.  A graduate of the University of Tasmania and the Mt Eliza Business School, Mr Sutton has an Executive MBA and an extensive and successful career in the public and private sectors. His achievements with the strategic transformation of Richmond Fellowship Tasmania, a mental health services provider, were recognised last month with a global Workflow and Business Process Management Award in Chicago.  About FlowConnect Pty Ltd  FlowConnect Pty Ltd is an Australian based and owned company, established in 1994, which develops solutions focused on business process automation (BPA). Its flagship product, VisiCase, is a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in human care delivery, justice administration, and financial services. For more information visit www.flowconnect.com New case management system garners global recognition for Tasmanian health services providor 2014-09-05T02:21:37Z new-case-management-system-garners-global-recognition-for-tasmanian-health-services-providor Deployment of a radically new form of information system for case management has seen mental health services provider Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT) named a finalist in the prestigious Workflow Management Coalition global awards for excellence in business process management and workflow. These awards recognise organisations that have excelled in implementing innovative business process solutions to meet strategic business objectives. Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT) operates residential facilities and outreach services as well as a recreational program across the state.  CEO Danny Sutton outlined some of the achievements that saw RFT selected as a finalist for the Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the end of this month in Chicago. “Maintaining the same cost base in the initial seven months of operation we achieved a 10 percent increase in the number of consumers for whom we provide services. “This is complemented by savings in clerical and administration costs and underwritten by a cultural change program, the outcome of which has prepared RFT for the transition from block government funding to consumer-based insurance funded programs,” Mr. Sutton explains. The RFT system is based on VisiCase, a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in human care delivery, justice administration, and financial services.  It is developed by Sydney company FlowConnect Pty Ltd. “VisiCase supports a new consumer-centric approach to mental health care which has given us evidence that a more focused and better executed case management plan is assisting those people with mental health challenges to achieve their wellbeing goals at lower cost for the consumer,” Mr. Sutton said. By re-engineering its business processes and aligning them with the new system RFT now measures and manages its services to the delivery outcomes mandated by state and Federal government funding requirements. “The system provides a single plan for the consumer with a way of measuring outcomes that allows a support team to develop ideas and solutions for achieving the consumer’s goals and for tracking progress which ultimately saves time and money,” Mr. Sutton said. As the system is web-enabled it allows the best possible support team to provide input from wherever there is an internet connection. This means that Richmond Fellowship staff can be working in the north of Tasmania with a team in Hobart to contribute professional support and advice on the development and review of consumer plans. The other key benefit is that the system allows employees of Richmond Fellowship to manage the plans and to see real progress. The Awards are co-sponsored by Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) and BPM.com (BPM.com).As a finalist RFT will receive additional recognition by having its case study published in the annual edition of BPM Excellence in Practice by Future Strategies Inc. (Future Strategies Inc.) About Richmond Fellowship Tasmania RFT is a non-profit, non-government organisation without religious affiliation which currently provides care and services to more than 250 consumers across the state. The case study on which RFT's nomination was based can be found here http://www.flowconnect.com/solutions/visicase/case-study/ For more information visit www.rftas./org.au About FlowConnect Pty Ltd FlowConnect Pty Ltd is an Australian based and owned company, established in 1994, which develops solutions focused on business process automation (BPA). Its flagship product, VisiCase, is a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in human care delivery, justice administration, and financial services. For more information visit www.flowconnect.com Grants can help revitalise Geelong economy 2014-06-20T06:46:41Z grants-can-help-revitalise-geelong-economy Local businesses may not be taking advantage of the State and Federal Government grants to help establish or grow their enterprises. Either they may not be aware that they are eligible for a particular grant or they think it is just too difficult to explore what is available says a grants specialist. Matthew Fletcher, general manager of GrantReady, was addressing the second meeting of the newly formed Geelong Entrepreneurs group yesterday. “Grants are the Government’s way of helping to build certain parts of the economy,” he said. “In that respect the Geelong region is a unique environment for grants because of the focus on recent changes with Ford and Alcoa. While start-ups are commonly believed to be the major recipients of grants, established businesses wanting to expand or diversify should make themselves aware of the available grants.” Both State and Federal Governments want to encourage diversification of Geelong’s former industrial economy.  To that end, relevant grants cover such areas as research and development, skills development, design, export and trade partnerships, science and technology, biotechnology and business growth explains Mr Fletcher. But with more than 700 State and Federal grants available worth more than $50 billion it is a challenge for small businesses to determine their eligibility. To help in that task Grants Ready has developed Business GrantGuru, a free database of government grants for business. Businesses can register for free to receive email alerts about grants for which they may be eligible. The Geelong Entrepreneurs Group now has 70 members who meet to exchanges experiences and ideas about how to build their enterprises in the newly developing regional economy. To learn more about Geelong Entrepreneurs Meetup Group go to www.geelongentrepreneurs.com or email info@geelongentrepreneurs.com Ends